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History of PPG & Wolfgang Palm

Posted on 16 September 2009 by diode


Wolfgang Palm of PPG fame has started a myspace page and posted many fascinating blog entries about the history of PPG and his career afterwards. Palm is highly regarded as a pioneer in digital wavetable synthesis.
[Update: Nov 20, 2012. We have updated the below link to reference Wolfgang's new website]

Read the history here.

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Moog Exhibit Lecture with Brian Kehew and Larry Fast

Posted on 01 September 2009 by diode

Very interesting and informative lecture by Brian Kehew and Larry Fast filmed and streamed live on the web. This was done on opening weekend of the new Bob Moog exhibit we posted on earlier. The exhibit is at the museum of making music in Carlsbad, CA.

Click here for the video lecture

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Doepfer Dark Energy analog synth

Posted on 31 July 2009 by diode

Doepfer recently released the Dark Energy single VCO monophonic analog synth. It looks like a very compelling product and the audio demo sounds great. Very fun little package and the inclusion of USB and MIDI is handy.

Dark Energy is a monophonic stand-alone synthesizer with USB and Midi interface. The sound generation and all modulation sources are 100% analog, only the USB/Midi interface contains digital components. Dark Energy is built into a rugged black metal case with wooden side plates. High quality potentiometers with metal shafts are used and each potentiometer is fixed to the case (no wobbly shafts and knobs). The distance between the controls is a bit wider compared to A-100 modules and knobs with vintage look are used.”


Listen to the audio demo.

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Analog – a new animated film

Posted on 26 July 2009 by diode

Very very very very very well done animation featuring characters who are part synthesizer. Looks like it was done by a Brazilian team which is interesting since my wife and I know several excellent Brazilian artists in the VFX industry. Check it out … awesome sound design as well.

originally discovered via matrixsynth

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New Bob Moog Exhibit “Waves of Inspiration: The Legacy of Moog”

Posted on 24 July 2009 by diode

“The Museum of Making Music and The Bob Moog Foundation announce Waves of Inspiration: The Legacy of Moog a special exhibition to run from August 29, 2009 – April 30, 2010 at the Museum’s facilities in Carlsbad, California. The exhibit is the first of its kind, marking the first public display of the artifacts from Bob Moog’s archives.”

Bob Moog in front of modular synth

“The exhibition, which highlights the inventor’s career and the impact that it had on the world of music, will feature rare vintage synthesizers and other related Moog instruments and memorabilia from the Bob Moog Archives and from various private collections.” … “Tickets for the opening weekend events can be purchased on the Museum’s website beginning August 3, 2009″

Read all of the details here

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MegaOhm Audio Delta VCF

Posted on 08 March 2009 by diode


The Delta VCF from MegaOhm audio looks to be a clone of the filter from a Korg Delta analog synth. I don’t see a way to order on the site so I’m assuming you need to contact him/them for orders.  The modules look like they will fit in a “dotcom” (sythesizers.com) format and/or vintage Moog but the MegaOhn audio site does not explicity state the dimensions.

From their site:
“The Delta VCF is more than just a clone of the filter section from a vintage synth of the same name. All of the supporting circuitry has been changed and additional features were added. It also has a behind the panel normallization scheme which results in extremely powerful and interesting sounds.”

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Moog System 55 modular synth

Posted on 10 February 2009 by diode

Great demo of a gorgeous Moog modular.

originally discovered on matrixsynth

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MOTU Volta

Posted on 23 January 2009 by diode

MOTU has announced Volta, an audio unit plug-in that allows control of conventional analog synths via control voltage. The control voltages are generated by your audio interface…just as long as your interface’s inputs/outputs are dc coupled. AWESOME!


“Volta receives conventional virtual instrument input such as MIDI notes, MIDI controller data or even high-resolution audio track ramp automation and then responds by outputting a corresponding control voltage signal, which the host software then routes to the outputs of any DC-coupled audio interface connected to the computer. The resulting DC voltage can then drive a standard CV input, such as those found on classic modular synthesizers, modern analog mono synths and even popular effects processors such as Moogerfoogers”

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Pure Data – Max’s open source sibling

Posted on 13 January 2009 by diode


Pure Data was developed by Miller Puckette as a fully open source version of the work that he originally did for Max while at IRCAM in the late 80′s and early 90′s. It is lesser known to some extent by musicians but definitely worth checking out. Max, now developed by Cycling ’74, draws heavily from Pd.

from wikipedia:

“Pd is very similar in scope and design to Puckette’s original Max program (developed while he was at IRCAM), and is to some degree interoperable with Max/MSP, the commercial successor to the Max language. Both Pd and Max are arguably examples of Dataflow programming languages. In such languages, functions or “objects” are linked or “patched” together in a graphical environment which models the flow of the control and audio. Unlike the original version of Max, however, Pd was always designed to do control-rate and audio processing on the host CPU, rather than offloading the synthesis and signal processing to a DSP board (such as the Ariel ISPW which was used for Max/FTS). Pd code forms the basis of David Zicarelli‘s MSP extensions to the Max language to do software audio processing.”

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Analog computer fun

Posted on 08 January 2009 by diode

Most don’t think of analog computers when they think of synths but they have a lot in common. Modular synths especially have their roots in analog computers. Eric Archer has put together a video demonstrating his experimenting with an analog computer bouncing ball circuit.

From his site:

“Before digital computers came to dominate, analog computers were actually pretty commonly used to solve research, engineering, and business problems.  These machines sprung up in the vacuum tube era, and acutally survived into the transistor era for some time.  From time to time they pop up on ebay… the Comdyna GP-6 is probably most common.  Clearly they have fallen out of vogue with the advent of digital computation, but can we still have fun with analog computers?
Originally discovered on Matrixsynth.”

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